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Sometimes, it's easy for me to wallow in my own self-pity. I think that's when I get a little depressed - when I'm being self absorbed and walk around with a woe-is-me attitude.
One of the "nuggets" of wisdom I learned when I was a Young Life leader in college is: "Comparison is the killer of joy."
This statement couldn't be truer, and I have to remind myself of it all the time.
When I begin to compare my life to others - the comparison jackhammer strikes my life and sucks the joy right out of it.
It's then when I have to be reminded of all that I have - the physical and nonphysical.
I've never been hungry a day in my life.
I'm in good health and the Lord gives me day after day.
There will always be people with bigger houses, better clothes, better hair, more money, better jobs, people who are more rested than I am.
And when I compare myself to others who have less than me - I get puffed up with pride and self righteousness.
Comparing my life or myself up or down - kills my joy. So I must remind myself, not to compare, but be grateful for what I have. Which is so much.
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How is it possible not to believe in God? This little man was created out of absolutely nothing. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.